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A Visit to Caja (Medical System)

Once you receive your official residency in Costa Rica, you become a “voluntary” member of Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS or Caja). This enables you to access the socialized medical system here in Costa Rica. By voluntary, this means you are choosing to become a resident and therefore are a voluntary member of the CCSS system. You are charged a certain amount each month based on your residency category. Married couples pay as one unit. In return, you are […]

Medical Marijuana in Costa Rica?

It’s true! Did you hear that Costa Rica may join a handful of countries in the Americas to legalize Medical Marijuana? I just read this in the Tico Times (link embedded below). I think this may spark some controversy. It always does and that definitely makes for interesting dinner or Happy Hour conversation. So will that “feature” be yet another valid reason people yearn to return to Costa Rica – whether on vacation, invest or live? This gorgeous country is […]

Top 5 Benefits of Retiring in Costa Rica

Has the idea of retiring in Costa Rica ever crossed your mind? While many dream of making the move to paradise many others look at moving to Costa Rica as an opportunity to not only live out their dream but to take advantage of all of the benefits that go along with retiring to one of the most green and expat friendly countries on earth. After reading countless articles on the weather that has been plaguing the northern USA and […]

Retire in Costa Rica – Global Retirement Index 2014

International Living magazine has released it’s yearly report on the best countries in the world to retire in or “Global Retirement Index”  and it comes as no surprise that Costa Rica finds itself highly ranked as usual. Costa Rica finds it self ranked #4 on the list just behind Panama, Ecuador and Malaysia. When deriving it’s ranks International Living ranks countries in 8 specific categories and then takes there overall average to reach there rankings. These categories include; Real Estate, […]

An Introduction to Medical Tourism In Costa Rica

Long stretches of exotic beaches, dense jungles, crystal clear water, lush green valleys and eye-popping wildlife. Yes, these arresting facets complement the natural beauty of Costa Rica. As a matter of fact, Costa Rica is the best destination for buccaneers to creep around. Best of all, country offers a pleasant weather and neighborly environment for those who aspire to rejuvenate and gain back the lost strength. The country serves both an economical living and excellent healthcare. This is the reason […]

Costa Rica Private Hospitals

Costa Rica Private Hospitals Yesterday I did a write up about the Costa Rican Public hospital system and the CAJA, and today I thought it would be a good idea to go over the Costa Rican private hospital system in a little detail. Intro to Private Hospitals in Costa Rica Costa Rica currently has 7+ private hospitals through out the country, most of which are located in the capital city of San Jose in the central valley area. One major […]

Costa Rica Public Hospitals

What happens when you are living/on vacation in Costa Rica and the unexpected happens? It is something none of us want to think about yet something we all need to be prepared for, and because of this I thought it would be important to provide the info on the Costa Rica public hospital system. For info on Costa Rica’s Private Hospitals click here.  Costa Rica and CAJA Costa Rica offers residents and visitors alike access to its public hospital system […]